Bioinformatics and Advanced Molecular Biology Techniques

January 3-5, 2001, The City College of CUNY, New York, NY

workshop presented by:

The Southwest Biotechnology and Informatics Center

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The Bioinformatics and Advanced Molecular Biology Techniques workshop was held at the City College of CUNY campus on January 3-5, 2001. It attracted university faculty, staff and graduate students in the areas of biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology and immunology, as well as faculty, staff and graduate students from other regional universities. The workshop provided an overview of bioinformatics, advanced molecular biology techniques, and the bioinformatics/computational molecular biology tools available for use over the Internet.

The workshop enabled participants to:

  • become familiar with the most commonly used nucleic acid and protein databases and analysis tools on the Internet.
  • participate in hands-on computer labs to practice the use of these tools.
  • learn skills that will allow them to explore and exploit the more specific tools that may be useful to their own projects.

The workshop agenda is available to view to the specific topics areas presented along with the days and times of each presentation.

January 3, 2001


8:30 – 8:35

Opening Remarks and Introductions

Sherri Clark

8:35 – 8:45

Workshop Overview

Sherri Clark

8:45 – 10:00

Biological Information Review

Rick Bernstein

10:00- 10:20

Bioinformatics and Bioinformatics Tools

John Spalding

Sherri Clark

11:00 – 12:30

Computer Lab:

Information and Sequence Searches

Sequence Data Manipulation


Survey Bioinformatics Sites/Tools


1:30 – 2:15

DNA Sequencing Techniques and Project Management

Pete Lammers

2:15 – 2:45

Whole Genome Sequencing: Assembly & Web-Based Viewers

Pete Lammers

3:00- 3:55

Sequence Similarity Searching

 Sherri Clark

4:10 – 5:45

Computer Lab:

Genome Information Viewing Tools

Sequence Similarity Searching with:

  • Advanced BLAST
  • Smith-Waterman

January 4, 2001


8:15 – 9:15

High Throughput Biology: The “Big Picture”

Pete Lammers

9:15 – 10:15

Structure and Function of DNA, RNA and Protein

Rick Bernstein

10:35 – 12:00

Computer Lab:

Sequence Structre Function Searches/Function Relationships

1:30 – 2:30

Multiple Sequence Alignment

John Spalding

2:30 – 3:45


Stuart Brown

4:00 – 5:30

Computer Lab:

Multiple Sequence Alignment

Molecular Phylogenetics


January 5, 2001


8:15 – 9:30

Protein Structure Display and Manipulation

Rick Bernstein

John Spalding

9:50 – 11:30

Computer Lab:

Structure Display and Manipulation


1:00 – 2:00

Predicting Protein Structure

Rick Bernstein

2:00 – 2:30

Using Bioinformatics Tools on Local Computers

John Spalding

2:50 – 4:30

Computer Lab:

Structure Prediction Review and Practice


4:30 – 4:45

Closing Remarks and Evaluation

Sherri Clark

Evaluations indicated that the majority of the participants felt the workshop was either “excellent” or “good”. The following are comments from participants regarding the workshop:

  • “Very informative, Excellent workshop!!”
  • “This workshop was extremely helpful in introducing Bioinformatics applications.”
  • “Your setups were helpful. I had no problem following as an engineer.”